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Is vSphere Web Client (Server) available on linux?

Based on vSphere 5 Documentation Center it seems to me that only Windows platform is supported.

It would be great not to run Windows in VirtualBox to manage our virtual machines.

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The Vsphere web client only requires Flash in Linux browsers.

Note that in Vsphere 5.0, its functionality is still not 100% to that of the desktop client, but in Vsphere 5.1 it is greatly improved.

To login to the web client use this link: enter image description here:

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OK, so how do I access the server using web browser from OSX? –  Radek Oct 9 '12 at 22:11
    
There shouldn't be any issues, other than the missing plugin - which means no VM console access from the web client. –  Adi Dembak Oct 10 '12 at 15:33
    
If I access the VMware ESXi 5 server from OSX I get a page from where I can download Window client. Could you be more specific how to access the admin page from web browser? –  Radek Oct 10 '12 at 22:06
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According to this blog post on The Sysadmins, there is a Linux version of the VMRC plugin for Firefox required to access the remote console using vSphere Web Client on vSphere 5. Even without that plugin, you can still use the vSphere Web Client, although you will not be able to access the remote console, although you may still perform power actions etc.

The chapter in the documentation you referred to is part of the installation process of installing the "server-side" vSphere Web client on vCenter Server on a Windows server, it's not talking about installing the VMRC console plugin itself.

One possible alternative to using vCenter Web Client on Linux would be to use something like rdesktop to connect to your vCenter Server and then run the vSphere Client through that. This won't help you manage individual ESXi hosts, however, in case the vCenter Server goes down, so having a contingency plan to run the vSphere Client locally is a good idea. This won't work, however, if you choose to deploy vCenter Server as the Linux-based virtual appliance rather than on a Windows Server.

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vSphere Web Client has a server component which is installed on Windows. It is this component that the question relates to. –  ThatGraemeGuy Nov 28 '11 at 8:53
    
@Graeme Donaldson My mistake. I have edited my response accordingly. –  Per von Zweigbergk Nov 29 '11 at 3:32
    
You're right that the doc is about e installation process of installing the "server-side" vSphere Web client on vCenter Server on a Windows server. My vCenter is running on linux and I haven't found anything about web client server add-on on linux server. –  Radek Nov 30 '11 at 4:14
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Officially - not supported. Unofficially - just google: https://www.google.ge/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=vsphere%20client%20linux&oq=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=baff1c3dc51ef83&bpcl=35243188&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&biw=1309&bih=675

You can upgrade to 5.1 for free, where functionality has moved to web based client.

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/vmware-what-is-new-vsphere51.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-upgrade-guide.pdf

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Please just provide direct links, it is not the point of Server Fault to just say "google it". This is not constructive. –  Mitar Apr 7 '13 at 20:42
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